We have confirmed with a prominent rabbi that the poster "am yisrael chai", popularly known as AYC, is a legitimate, good, well-meaning person. AYC has now been restored as a verified member in excellent standing. AYC is guilty of nothing more than temimus, and never meant any harm. We are very sorry that this happened and hope that AYC accepts our sincere apologies and is mochel us for the great tzar that we caused. Words cannot describe how sorry we are and how bad we feel that we did this.
We understand that we have besmirched the name of a poster who was, arguably, perhaps the most popular and loved poster in the CR over the past few months. AYC was a friend, and a virtual shoulder we all leaned on. We enjoyed AYC's wealth of compliments and help. The fact that we could have made such a mistake is a shock that will take time for us to fully comprehend.
There were many reasons that we suspected ayc of being a stalker. The main cause was the fact that we were working under the assumption that ayc was Joseph. There were many things that led us to the conclusion that ayc was Joseph but those all turned out to be unfortunate coincidences.
One thing that really stood out was the fact that AYC had contact with other posters via email outside the CR and one of these other posters complained about it. This other poster had posted her email address in a thread and ayc contacted her afterwards. Considering that this person had posted her email address, there was nothing inherently wrong in what ayc did. But after the mods warned the CR that Joseph was dangerous, this poster got scared that perhaps the ayc who she was communicating with was Joseph and/or dangerous. After that we made one assumption after another and eventually blocked ayc.
We would like to point out that Joseph is still out there. He is still reading the CR, and is still a manipulating, possibly dangerous person. We are very sorry that ayc had to be a korbon in this way, but the danger of stalkers is still out there and the posters in the CR must be aware of this. The poster who was scared of ayc was correct to be cautious. We were wrong to conclude that ayc was Joseph.
Again, we offer our sincerest apologies to ayc for the tremendous tzar we have caused and hope that s/he comes back and re-joins the CR to continue to offer the help and companionship that s/he was offering before this fiasco.